NASA bring Mars sample back to Earth
Since September, the Perseverance rover has been picking along an ancient river delta on Mars,
robotic arms reaching out with whirling steel drill bits to core rocks, scoop soil and suck small amounts of the red planet's atmosphere into titanium tubes.
The plan, under NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calls for a sci-fi symphony of technology that includes launching another vehicle to Mars to bring the unsterilized samples back to Earth
the samples in Utah, and shuttle them to a yet-to-be built secure facility by 2033.
There scientists will start testing for signs of ancient microbial life from about 35 samples weighing in total about one pound
The goal is also understanding the planet's geology and climate, as well as preparing for people to one day step foot on the red planet.
But the plan gave some members of the public who attended an open hearing on the plan a bit of intragalatic agita,